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Welcome to St James Church Brownhills with Ogley Hay

                                      Some information  about   Memorial stones for your Loved ones Grave

                                                      ( Pertaining to St James Church Brownhills)

 The time has come when you may be considering a memorial stone for your loved ones grave.When somebody we care about deeply dies, we naturally want to remember him or her in a way that is appropriate and dignified. What would be the right choice? Will the memorial still seem appropriate-and dignified-twenty years later? Who will maintain it? What is allowed?

The cemetery in Barnett’s Lane belongs to the Church of England. The Vicar and the Parochial Church Council have the legal responsibility of caring for the cemetery in accordance with rules made by the Chancellor of the Diocese of Lichfield. The Chancellor has the final say on what may or may not be placed in and around a grave in the cemetery. The Vicar and the Parochial Church Council are obliged to ensure that these rules are followed.

To ensure that there are no problems an approach must first be made to the Vicar who will advise you on what kind of memorial stone is suitable in this cemetery. We ask that a stone is used that would be in harmony with the cemetery. It is advisable not to erect a headstone until 6 months after the funeral to allow the ground to settle. It is possible to erect a temporary  wooden cross if you wish in the mean time to mark the plot.

Secondly, keeping the cemetery looking dignified and attractive is very costly both in time and money. This is why we state that edgings and chipping's or any extra ornaments or vases are absolutely not allowed, as this makes mowing impossible and can cause health & safety problems for those working in the cemetery. One month after the internment, just one vase of flowers per grave is allowed. Fresh flowers should be removed when dead.

If the Vicar decides that he cannot agree to the memorial you wish to have then you may ask the Vicar to refer his decision to the Archdeacon in the first instance. If the Archdeacon is unwilling to give a decision, the final authority lies with the Chancellor of the Diocese.

NB no edgings or chipping’s or extra ornaments are allowed in or around any grave area.

        For further information  contact Rev Dave Bishop  phone 01543 372187                       For information on memorial stone for your                                                                                                                                     loved ones ASHES Click Here